FCA Tigershark Multiair Engines Excessive Oil Consumption Michigan Class Action

FCA US, LLC equips a variety of its vehicles with a 2.4L Tigershark multiair four-cylinder engine. The complaint for this class action alleges that this engine consumes excessive amounts of oil, which can lead to the vehicle stalling while turning, accelerating, or decelerating, creating a safety hazard. It also alleges that the oil consumption problem may lead to excessive wear and tear, requiring repairs or even engine replacements.

The class for this action is all persons in Michigan who bought or leased, other than for resale, one of the following vehicles:

  • 2014-2020 Jeep Cherokee
  • 2015-2020 Jeep Renegade
  • 2017-2020 Jeep Compass
  • 2013-2016 Dodge Dart
  • 2015-2020 Ram ProMaster City
  • 2015-2016 Chrysler 200
  • 2016-2020 Fiat 500X

The plaintiff in this case, Caren Christman, leased a new 2018 Jeep Compass in August 2018. In November 2018, when the vehicle had fewer than 5,000 miles on it, it stalled while she was driving it. In January 2019, it stalled again. She took it to the dealership, where the service representative told her that her oil was low and that she should return every 1,000 miles to check the oil consumption.

She did this, and the service representatives eventually informed her that the “normal” oil consumption for her vehicle was one quart for every 1,000 miles, up to 50,000 miles; above that, it would be one quart for every 750 miles.

Despite her returning to the dealership twice more after that, the vehicle stalled again in June 2019, and again in November or early December, and two more times in January or February 2020.

The complaint claims, “The service center has told Ms. Christman that this problem is common in these vehicles and that the only fix would be an engine replacement that FCA would have to approve. To date, FCA has not done so.”

The complaint alleges that FCA has known about the oil consumption problem since at least 2013 but has done nothing to warn potential customers or to remedy the problem. In fact, the complaint claims that the manual for the 2018 Jeep Compass “states that the oil should be changed every 4,000 miles if it is driven under conditions FCA characterizes as ‘Severe Duty.’ Thus, under normal conditions, vehicles should be able to go over 5,000 miles between oil changes.”

The complaint further points out that the vehicles at issue in this case “hold 5.5 quarts of oil. If an engine consumers one quart or more of oil per 750-1,000 miles, that means [these vehicles] can completely run out of oil before an oil change is recommended.”

The vehicles are equipped with an oil change indicator that should inform the driver if more oil is needed, but the complaint alleges that “drivers often report their engines stalling and their [vehicles] low or out of oil without receiving a notification from the automatic oil change indicator.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

FCA Tigershark Multiair Engines Excessive Oil Consumption Michigan Complaint

June 5, 2020

FCA US, LLC equips a variety of its vehicles with a 2.4L Tigershark multiair four-cylinder engine. The complaint for this class action alleges that this engine consumes excessive amounts of oil, which can lead to the vehicle stalling while turning, accelerating, or decelerating, creating a safety hazard. It also alleges that the oil consumption problem may lead to excessive wear and tear, requiring repairs or even engine replacements.

FCA Tigershark Multiair Engines Excessive Oil Consumption Michigan Complaint

Case Event History

FCA Tigershark Multiair Engines Excessive Oil Consumption Michigan Complaint

June 5, 2020

FCA US, LLC equips a variety of its vehicles with a 2.4L Tigershark multiair four-cylinder engine. The complaint for this class action alleges that this engine consumes excessive amounts of oil, which can lead to the vehicle stalling while turning, accelerating, or decelerating, creating a safety hazard. It also alleges that the oil consumption problem may lead to excessive wear and tear, requiring repairs or even engine replacements.

FCA Tigershark Multiair Engines Excessive Oil Consumption Michigan Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Engine Defects, Oil Use or Consumption